Keep an eye on the sky this week, as an Army MRH90 helicopter conducts performance testing from the Glen Innes Airport.
According to Defence Force aviation experts, Glen Innes Airport ticks all the right boxes, putting it on the map for future aviation activity and exercises.
The key attraction to the Glen Innes airport is it's low air traffic, the large airfield, and its 'high density altitude'.
It's this latter factor, the high density altitude conditions, which are a very important for military training and evaluation with 'hot and high' conditions being hard to find in Australia.
From Tuesday, November 24 to Friday, 27 an Army MRH90 helicopter will be conducting performance testing from the Glen Innes Airport. Use of the airfield facilities will be co-ordinated through the Glen Innes Severn Council and fuel will be supplied by Super Air.
To carry out the exercise, nine support personnel will be accommodated in Glen Innes for the duration. The MRH90 helicopter will be flying in and out daily to conduct the activity whilst remaining overnight at a military facility.
Additionally, two Army Fire Trucks will be supporting the activity and all administration support, catering, and accommodation will be sourced from local businesses.
"According to the Army, Glen Innes Airport was chosen based on its facilities and advantageous geography and weather conditions for rotary-wing operations," council's director of infrastructure services Keith Appleby said.
Council's supervision will be provided by the airport manager, as well as daily coordination by the aerodrome reporting officer.
Overall, this is simply an aircraft exercise using the airport's 'normal' facilities and has negligible impact, with local airport users not being affected.
"This underscores the inherent and unique value of the Glen Innes Airport for future aviation, something which Council strongly supports," council's general manager, Craig Bennett said.